Young Turks Dismissed ‘Classless’ Olivia Munn’s 2010 Harassment Allegation Against Brett Ratner
Actress Olivia Munn is one of six women that have accused director Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct. She originally alluded to this abuse, however, way back in 2010, in her book Suck It, Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek.
Munn accused Ratner of masturbating in front of her as she delivered him food, though not by name. The director retaliated by saying they participated in consensual sex acts, claiming that he “banged her a few times.” Ratner later apologized and admitted to lying about these claims.
Back before this information was known about Ratner and Munn – and years before other women came out and alleged that the director had abused them – progressive commentators The Young Turks took on the actress’s allegation during a 2011 segment referencing the director’s use of a gay slur.
Co-founder and host Cenk Uygur stated that he believed Munn was in the wrong by alleging that Ratner had sexually harassed her.
“I was on his side when he was talking about Olivia Munn,” he said, suggesting that the actress “needlessly struck first.”
Uygur excused the director for boasting about having sex with Munn, saying that she likely “drove him crazy” by writing about their alleged encounter.
Co-host Ana Kasparian agreed, saying “I think Olivia Munn’s move was so classless. I didn’t expect that from her.”
Uygur even intimated that Munn became upset when the incident with Ratner didn’t help further her career, asking “Why were you upset? Were you expecting an advantage having slept with him?”
Today’s shocking allegations against the director of Rush Hour and The Tower Heist have put this clip in a new perspective. In other words, it didn’t age well.
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